Category: Green Politics
The 68-year-old governor of Washington is not someone you expect to be the champion of climate advocates. An ex-high school footballer who has been a career politician for decades, Inslee is a far cry from anti-establishment candidates the environmental movement usually support. Yet his “radically simple” campaign is gaining attention from hopeful environmentalists looking for big policy changes on a federal level.
“Each year over six million pounds of chlorpyrifos are applied to a myriad of agricultural crops in the US, ranging from walnuts to broccoli to Christmas trees, as well as landscaping like roadway medians and golf courses. But its ubiquitousness in conventional agriculture means that residents of California, especially the Central Valley, face even more exposure than the rest of the nation.”
“The movement to eliminate single-use plastic straws appears to be an area of growing success for grassroots organization and consumer “purchasing power” – but we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back just yet. Due to the ease of which most people can do without them, it has been easy to rally public support for the banning of plastic straws, and though this has certainly helped to draw attention to plastic pollution, the fixation on a single product has drawn our focus away from the larger issues in plastic waste management that need to be addressed.”